philippic

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Philippic \Phi*lip"pic\, noun [L. Philippiko's belonging to Philip, Philippic, Gr. filippikos, fr. Fi'lippos Philip, fi'lippos fond of horses: cf. F. philippique.]

1. Any one of the series of famous orations of Demosthenes, the Grecian orator, denouncing Philip, king of Macedon.

2. Hence: Any discourse or declamation abounding in acrimonious invective.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

philippic

noun

1: a speech of violent denunciation [syn: {tirade}, {philippic}, {broadside}]


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